Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tapirs and Dreams

In a Japanese myth, Bakus are spirits that eat dreams and nightmares. They are frequently represented as tapirs.

These creatures may thus serve a useful function, or engage in ill-timed behavior. For example, if you’re dreaming of some accomplishment, say winning the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physics, writing the Great American Novel, appearing on a magazine cover, or making that sublime cherry pie, a dream-eating tapir is highly inconvenient, to say the least! On the other hand, you are glad when he comes up with an appetite to deal with that nightmare of being unprepared for that examination, receiving an unexpected budget-wrecking bill, losing your best friend, or being in the guillotine!

Dream eater or nightmare eater? That is the question. How do you tell the difference in tapirs? I asked a highly-qualified scientist from Minnesota Technological Institute and Divinity School, Dr. B. Fuddle.  Dr. Fuddle in fact informed me that there were two subtypes of tapirs, motivated by different flavor preferences. He informed me that pleasant dreams have a flavor of barbecue with a tomato and molasses-based sauce, while nightmares taste like barbecue with a Carolina mustard-based sauce.

“So, the dream-eating tapirs prefer Memphis barbecue, while the nightmare-eating tapirs prefer Carolina barbecue?”

“Precisely,” Professor Fuddle asserted without any of the usual beating around the bush associated with scientists.
I regard mustard-based sauces for barbecue to be nightmarish, anyway; and prefer the Memphis dry rub preparation, myself.



8 comments:

Hell Hound said...

I like it when scientists don't beat around the bush.

Duckbutt said...

Very interesting dream myth.

TexWisGirl said...

dry rub for me, too.

Mike said...

I think all my dreams have been eaten already. So my tapir is down to nothing.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

Memphis dry rub can't be beat. Or Dreamland's barbecue.

beach lad said...

i suspect some local knowledge is needed here.

Bilbo said...

I love the dry rub for barbecue. But I'm trying to tapir off.

Cloudia said...

Clever gambit! I like your mind





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